Take something old and make it new and good again.

User Rating: 8 | Bit.Trip Beat WII
Games that have a retro theme nowadays are becoming more and more common, and often, they are actually successful, like the case with Mega Man 9. Unlike Mega Man 9, this isn't an old and established franchise redone in pixelated graphics, but instead it's a "reimagination", as I like to call it, of Pong, the game that started it all. Like Mega Man 9, Bit.Trip Beat! is hard. Very hard.

Basically, instead of going competitive, as Pong did, this is a single player (or cooperative) game, wherein your bar is on the left side of the screen and barrages of square pixels come from the right side of the screen, and you must keep them from going off the left side of the screen. Each of them you hit successfully you will receive a set amount of points for, but as you hit more and more consecutively without missing one, you receive a multiplier for each one you get.

Along with being Pong inspired, the game has a pretty strong rhythmic feeling to it. When you hit the pixels back to the right side of the screen, you will hear amazing retro sounding beats. And the graphics looks appealing and it is very colorful.

The game consists of three levels, all of which are extremely difficult to finish. The three levels in the game are all very, very long. It would probably have been more smart to separate these three levels that approach 15 minutes into 20 or so levels. Since the levels are so excruciatingly long and difficult, you very well might not get the change to complete the game, maybe not even the first level. And to top it all off, at the end of every level, you'll have to face off against a boss.

Unfortunately, while the game's concept is all about high scores, there's no way to upload or share those scores, so each system will have only its own scoreboard to work from. We expect people to upload videos and share scores across the net, but it would have been great to have a way to upload them.

On the plus side, however, four player co-op play is included, and it's pretty fun, minus the inherent overlapping of paddles, and the screw-ups that happen because you think you're one place, but actually drifting a bit amidst the slew of sliding lines. Co-op play goes into the same leaderboards as everything else, and outside of having rumble when holding controller 2-4 it'd be impossible to tell you've got four players in until you actually start a song. It's entirely the same game, and totally hidden away. Sync up controllers, turn them on, and you'll have multiplayer mode.

Overall, if you are looking for something simple yet challenging and different, like rhythm action games or just want something old school like, I really suggest getting this game. For 600 Wii Points it is sure worth the price and it will keep you entertained for a while.